Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar arrested in fake degree case

Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar arrested in fake degree case

Delhi Police on Tuesday arrested Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar over the controversy surrounding his law degree.

Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh said in a tweet on Tuesday that Tomar has been arrested without any prior notice.

Tomar has been taken to Hauz Khas police station, the tweet said.

Singh did not immediately specify the reason for his arrest.

A First information Report (FIR) was registered by the Delhi police on Monday night.

He has been charged under various IPC sections including 420 (cheating).

A police team had gone to Bihar on the direction of court to investigate charges that he had used fake degrees.

Hauz Khas police station in south Delhi was heavily barricaded and a large contingent of police deployed there.

Singh has also been charged with IPC sections 467 (forgery), 468 (forgery with purpose of cheating) and 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), the sources said.

The arrest comes amid an escalating turf war between the AAP government and Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.

Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi refused to respond to queries on the arrest.

“I was in the meeting and I will seek details of his arrest before commenting,” Bassi said.

Hitting out, AAP leader Sanjay Singh accused the Centre of using “pressure tactics” against the Delhi government.

“The concerned university has filed its reply in the court. It also recorded the statement that the degrees are genuine. Then why was he arrested?

“The Lt Governor, Delhi Police Commissioner and the Modi government are trying to scare us with such tactics. But we are not going to be scared. Our fight against corruption will continue,” Singh said.

AAP leader Ashutosh said that no decision has been taken on the continuation of Tomar as Law Minister and said “we will respect outcome of court proceedings”.

Tomar had last month urged the High Court to stay the proceedings that the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) initiated against him.

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